2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Mountain Park, OK - Great Plains State Park - Site 35

Mountain Park, OK - Great Plains State Park - Site 35, another...

Mountain Park, OK - Great Plains State Park - Site 35, view...

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 0 - our route -156 miles

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 1 - a drive-in theater between...

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 2 - coming into Turkey, TX

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 3 - downtown Turkey, yep, that's...

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 4 - crossing the Red River,...

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 5 - entering Oklahoma

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 6 - cotton field just about...

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 7 - downtown Hollis, OK

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 8 - Air Force transports training...

Quitaque, TX - Mountain Park, OK 9 - starting to get a...

Quitaque, TX-Mountain Park, OK 10-downtown Snyder, OK-like most small towns we have...

My old home in Snyder - the wing on the left has...

The Roberts' plot just outside Snyder where my parents and grandparents are...

Bob Wills Museum 1 - a large picture of the band

Bob Wills Museum 2 - some of their albums

Bob Wills Museum 3 - Take Me Back to Tulsa was one...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 1 - the first few miles from the...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 2 - the gravel changes color as we...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 3 - we're now on pavement as we...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 4 - one of the small bison herds...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 5 - this calf was just born this...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 6 - the leaves are dead from a...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 7 - some of the rolling plains not...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 8 - a couple of residents of one...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 9 - more of the little guys

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 10 - part of one of the Texas...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 11

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 12

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 13 - Lake Quanah Parker where we camped...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 14 - the Holy City located in the...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 15 - more of the buildings

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 16 - more of the Holy City

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 17 - the three crosses

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 18 - during its peak, more than 100,000...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 19 - a big bull grazing on the...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 20 - a memorial for the Oklahoma City...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 21 - climbing Mount Scott

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 22 - views from the top of Mt....

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 23

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 24 - the Elmer Thomas dam in lower...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 25 - Fort Sill near the top

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 26 - Fort Sill

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 27 - the other side is a little...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 28 - headed back down

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 29 - the little cobblestone resort of Medicine...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 30

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 31

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 32

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 33 - a flock of turkeys as dusk...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 34 - now that's some rack on this...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 35

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 36 - an elk cow grazing

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 37 - right after she jumped that fence

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 38 - her mate now comes moseying along

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 39 - trying to find a way around...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 40 - still looking for a way as...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 41 - guess there is no way around,...

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 42 - piece of cake!!!

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 43 - ahh, back together again

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 44 - another bull elk as it is...


It took a little over three hours for the trip from Quitaque, TX to Mountain Park, OK. Mountain Park is about three miles North of where I was born in Snyder, OK and the State Park is about three miles North of Mountain Park. We have a 50 amp full hookup site which is very large and has a nice setting overlooking the lake. Verizon is strong and the satellite was quick and easy.

Along the trip we stopped in Turkey, TX, just a little east of Quitaque, to see the Bob Wills Museum. Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys was one of the premier western swing bands in the 30's, 40's and 50's and one of my father's favorite bands so we had to visit the museum in Turkey. It is a small museum and they have done a nice job of documenting the band. Unfortunately my battery died so I didn't get many pictures.

After setting up camp we went back into Snyder to see the old homestead and try to find something to eat. The first was easy, the second not so much! Snyder is so small it wasn't much trouble finding the home I lived in until 1957 when we moved to Seminole, OK. It looks a lot smaller than I remember but I guess that is normal. We also visited the Snyder cemetery to see the plot where my parents and grandparents on my father's side are buried in the family plot. Myself, my brother in Phoenix and a couple of cousins, I believe in Illinois, are the only Roberts left so I don't know if the other four spaces in the plot will be used or not? There are only a couple of places to eat left in Snyder and neither appealed to us so we went back to the Mothership and prepared our own. We did stop at Toma's Grocery which was is the only store still in operation from when we left Snyder in 1957. Of course it is being ran by the offspring of the proprietor of the 50's.

The next day we headed for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge a little East of the State Park. As a child we camped there at least once a year and I remember the bison surrounding our campsite in the mornings as they would come down to the lake for water. The refuge had a huge fire this Summer sparked by a construction worker cutting re-bar and that destroyed much of the plains. It will come back but will probably take a year or two before the grasses are back to normal. We were told they would have to move a good many of the bison and longhorns to areas of Fort Sill so they would have grazing land over the winter until the refuge grass recovers. We did see lots of wildlife though and I naturally included a few pictures. There were many small herds of bison and Texas Longhorns. These herds are some of the few remaining herds of purebred longhorns. We also got to see a couple of prairie dog towns, white-tailed deer, elk, a flock of turkeys and even a skunk as we were leaving in the dark.

We didn't do much else except relax and try to set up the repair of our leveling jack when we reach Purcell, OK and of course today we are watching college football even though our beloved Gators are taking the weekend off. Tomorrow we head for Purcell for a week and a much anticipated visit with relatives.

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